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MinuteClinic partners with Virginia health network
May 19th, 2011
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has entered into a clinical affiliation with Inova Health System, a health care services network in northern Virginia.
The CVS Caremark retail health clinic subsidiary said Thursday that under the alliance, Inova will collaborate with MinuteClinic medical directors, who may include Inova-affiliated family doctors. MinuteClinic and Inova will also work together on patient education and disease management and inform patients of the services that each offers.
In addition, Inova will accept patients who need a level of care that's not provided at MinuteClinic. Signs at MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has a clinical affiliation with Inova.
MinuteClinic has 14 walk-in clinics open seven days a week inside CVS/pharmacy stores in northern Virginia. Inova operates a network of hospitals, outpatient services and health care centers that includes Inova Alexandria, Inova Fairfax, Inova Fair Oaks, Inova Loudoun, and Inova Mount Vernon hospitals and Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.
MinuteClinic and Inova officials said the partnership will enhance the level of health care for patients in communities throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia.
"Inova has a long-standing record of clinical quality and is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier health systems," MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who's also senior vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark, said in a statement. "Like MinuteClinic, it shares a commitment to expanding access to care for the millions of residents living in northern Virginia, and it has developed several leading initiatives with the region's top corporations to improve the health of their employees. We think MinuteClinic can be a valuable addition to these programs that promote employee wellness and lower health care costs."
Plans call for MinuteClinic and Inova to begin integrating their electronic medical record systems. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will share medical history and visit summaries with other MinuteClinic and Inova locations in the region.
"Given Inova's mission to improve the health of the diverse community we serve, our affiliation with MinuteClinic proves strategic and seamless," commented Mark Stauder, president and chief operating officer of Inova Health System, based in Falls Church, Va. "We share the same commitments including education, community responsibility and excellence in patient care. This is a partnership based upon quality, value and compassion and we look forward to the positive impact this will have upon the community."
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